|Spotted garden eel|
|17.15 inches||Small, stationary|
|Time of year||Time of day|
|Scientific name||Heteroconger hassi|
|Regional names|| Anguilla di giardino |
Anguille de jardin
- "I got a spotted garden eel! Who'll water its garden now?" —New Leaf
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In New Leaf
"Spotted garden eels get their name from the black spots on their otherwise white bodies. They nest in the sandy seafloor and poke their heads out to catch the plankton drifting in the current. They're rather shy, as they quickly dart back into their hole at the slightest hint of danger."
The spotted garden eel is native to the Indo-Pacific oceans. It lives at depths between 7 and 45 meters below the surface and can be found in colonies of up to a few thousand, on sandy burrows close to corals and reefs. The eel itself grows up to 40 cm long with a body diameter of 14 mm.